Friday, February 12, 2016

PTI's 9th Anniversary Day 5: Sampler Square Challenge

WOW, this was the challenge of all challenges. In fact, several people posted on the PTI Forum for clarification of the rules. This is for Day 5, and here's Nichole's instructions: "…cut nine 1-1/2” squares from white cardstock, then alter all nine of the squares using a variety of techniques, colors, stamps, etc. Be sure to do something different to each square! "

The first challenge was to decide on a color palette, then which stamps would work well in a 1-1/2" square, and which nine techniques to use so each square would be different. My color palette besides Stamper's Select White is: Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal and Gray/Silver with bits of Black. Here's what my 5-1/2" card looks like:

Techniques & Products Used Per Square: Top Left to Right
Square 1: Smooshing + Sizzix Embosslit Beautiful Wings
Square 2: Emboss Resist + Beautiful Blooms II
Square 3: Dry Embossing + Picnic Plaid Impression Plate & Jolly Holiday Die
Square 4: White Shadowing + Iconic Images
Square 5: Ink Blending + Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and Scene It: Celebration
Square 6: Inlaid Die Cut + Jolly Holiday Die
Square 7: Silver Dipped Die Cut (& heat embossing) + Harvest Berries
Square 8: Two-Step Stamping + Rosie Posie & Rosie Posie Step 2
Square 9: Ombre Stamping + Ruby Reprise

I know just the friend who will be receiving this because she saves all the cards I send her. She will appreciate the hours I spent creating and designing this. Admittedly, it was a fun challenge but not something I'd make on a regular basis because I just don't mail 5-1/2" cards. I'm an A2 kinda gal!

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold and SU Going Gray
Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Delicata Silvery Shimmer, VersaMark and White Pigment
Stamps: Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, Beautiful Blooms II, Iconic Images, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, Scene It: Celebration, Harvest Berries and Ruby Reprise
Dies: Jolly Holiday and Sizzix Embosslit Beautiful Wings
Other: VersaMarker, Silver and Clear Embossing Powders, SU Ticket Corner Punch, Corner Rounder, Rhinestones/Gems, Gelly Roll Glitter Pen and Patterned Paper (stash)


Kathryn A said...

Hi Kathy! Thank you so much for your kindness in commenting on my card! I love, love your card! It turned out beautifully, and is obviously a labour of love! Wonderful colours you've chosen, too! I agree that this was the mother of all challenges, and I also am an A2 kind of gal. How sweet of you to even notice that I haven't been participating as often! I've been struggling with some health issues, so haven't been feeling as "crafty", but I hope I will be on the upswing sooner, rather than later...

Greta said...

A challenge for sure, but you nailed it! Great choices for the colors & images!

Skrater said...

Yes, this was a fun but tough challenge. You card is very creative, I really like your color choices. I know your friend will really appreciate it!

~amy~ said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Yay for another washingtonian! This is a wonderful all design and all your details!

Birgit said...

What a great job you did on your nine patch! Kudo's to you for using all those different techniques to create this fabulous card!